Spring Is In The Air

As we approach the last weekend in April, it’s time to put away the skis and snowboards and start thinking about the summer live music season.  Each year there are scores of free and low-cost concerts in the Pikes Peak region, most (if not all) of which will be listed in the annual summer concert guide produced by our friends at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.

And, of course, Colorado is THE state for outdoor music festivals, with festy season kicking off at the Sixth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2014) at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest.  Audiophiles take note – MeadowGrass ticket prices increase for the final time beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Before we get carried away with summer, though, don’t forget that there are plenty of great entertainment options in our area during the coming week – check the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar for the complete list.

First up – Front Range Barbecue in Old Colorado City plays host to a ragin’ Cajun party tonight (Wednesday 4/23) when Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe return to town!

This weekend Friday night offers the greatest variety of shows to choose from, including a performance by the great new Colorado bluegrass band The Railsplitters at the twice-monthly Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage at the Black Forest Community Center. As an added bonus, BRAS members can purchase discounted MeadowGrass tickets at Friday’s show with no added service charges!

Also Friday you can preview Chimney Choir‘s 2014 MeadowGrass set at a brand new venue, the Ragged Print Co., on a bill that also includes the freak folk trio Briffaut – an all-star cast of local luminaries led by Daniel James Eaton, Alex Koshak and Grant Sabin.  Elsewhere in Colorado Springs conscious hip hip duo The ReMINDers throw down at Colorado College‘s Cornerstone Arts Center, the Austin Young Band rocks out at Jack Quinn’s Pub, and Moonhoney brings their gypsy tango cabaret to the Urban Steam Coffee Bar.

Highlights Saturday include Here’s to Fightin’ at a Colorado Springs Craft Week kickoff celebration and beer tap takeover at the Wild Goose Meeting House, the young and talented WMD Bluegrass Band at Front Range Barbecue, and the classic rock band Firefall at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (now listed for sale for a cool $2 million, in case you have some extra ducats lying around).  Also Saturday the Black Sheep presents the day-long Lamestock festival with no fewer than 19 bands, among them local favorites We Are Not A Glum Lot and Knight in Colors.  And for anyone traveling near Canon City on Saturday, the Canon Rose Acoustic Society welcomes the Yampa Valley Boys from Steamboat Springs to the 4 Mile Community Club.

Early next week we recommend a Monday show at the Wild Goose Meeting House, where two solo artists with plural monikers – Tiny Chariots and Blank Tape Records‘ own The Changing Colors – will share the stage.   And last but not least, looking ahead to next weekend, time is running out for you to reserve space at the Friends House Concerts season finale on Friday May 2, starring the one woman band Zoe Lewis, who self-describes her art as a “world beat-vaudeville extravaganza.”

Always check with the venues before heading to a show because details are apt to change without notice on occasion.

Please do your part to keep our music scene healthy and vibrant – and make sure to enjoy yourself while you’re at it!

See you at a show soon,

Steve Harris, Executive Director